Four Marion County inmates are being questioned after a series of escape attempts Wednesday night.
The Marion County Jail was placed on lockdown during the incident. Sheriff’s deputies were able to prevent the escape and are investigating.
Wednesday night, deputies discovered inmates had damaged cement mortar and a window in two separate cell blocks. What tipped deputies off was the contrast in color. The cement was removed and replaced with what appeared to be paper on one side and green toothpaste on the other. Then, the area was covered up with a picture.
The attempted escape seemed to be recreated from the 1994 movie Shawshank Redemption. In the movie, character Andy Dufresne cut a hole in the wall of his jail cell, hiding his work behind a poster of actress Rita Hayworth. However, while Dufresne found freedom, the Marion County inmates could face more charges.
"They have got 24 hours a day to figure out how to beat the system and how to get out of here and how to do whatever may be going on in their mind," said Sheriff Layton. "They become innovative sometimes.”
Even if the inmates were successful of escaping, they would have faced a four-story fall to the ground.
"That would have been interesting, but we are not going to let it get to that point," Sheriff Layton.
The jail was placed on lockdown around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, and 125 deputies were called in to comb the facility and jail cells, looking for objects inmates were hiding.
"It was definitely worth the while to shut the building down, shut the entire jail down to shakedown the different cell blocks," said Sheriff Layton.
Homemade knives, also referred to as shanks, were among the items deputies recovered. Sheriff Layton said the tools used in the foiled escape attempt were likely flushed down the toilet.
Marion Co. deputies investigate after inmates attempt to escape
The Marion County Jail was placed on lockdown Wednesday night following a series of escape attempts by inmates.